I can be completely reconstructed out of debris found on most ordinary city streets.
Rich Krueger, a singer-songwriter based now in Chicago Il (formerly in Duke City, NM , before that LA, and before that Chicago, Illinois), was born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, NYC in 1960, during that difficult period of transition after the Spanish-American War. It was a Wednesday and rained the whole following week. He has been writing and performing, solo and with his band The Dysfunctionells, largely in Chicago, but also in NYC and Kerrville, since 1985. The Dysfunctionells have backed up the Holy Modal Rounders at their reunion at The Bottom Line in NYC, and The Dysfunctionells have recorded with Peter Stampfel of the HMR. Rich has a self-produced song demo on CD entitled "Personal Overachievement Rich Krueger" or PORK for short, and the next album tenatively entitiled TROTH, or maybe Pledged Fidelity, is half in the can. He does not bowl. There are literally tens of rabid Rich Krueger fans scattered all over the globe...poor sods all. .. He can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are what some critics, DJs, and other performers have to say about him... "Talented...highly distinctive songwriter...cerebral, ironic....Richard Thompsonesque" --Michael Parrish, Dirty Linen
"Krueger's melodies, phrasing, and carefully-crafted lyrics call to mind the very best singer-songwriters: Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen. But his vision is very much his own. " -- Jennifer Zogott, Folk Roots Magazine (Britain)
"As a lifelong fan of True Deep American Strangeness, I came to a realization after leaving Milwaukee for the last time in 1959: The Truest, Deepest American Strangeness is to be found in the Heartland,the Great Midwest. As a perfect example, take a song--any song--of Rich Krueger, and you will see exactly what I mean. Rich is an American Stranger, if I ever did see one." -- Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders
" The high point of my trip to Kerrville in 1996...Quirky, unique, original...A breath of fresh air amid the quagmire of mediocre self-produced CDs" -- Jack Hardy
"Rich Krueger's songs come from the less traveled roads of the heart. I look forward to going there with him." -- Ezra Idlet of Trout Fishing in America
I collated some links you all may be interested in:
The Dysfunctionells " Little Richard's World of Mirth" Vdeo
‘Charlie Holley and The Cripples’ with some background on “Ain’t It So Nice Outside Today”
Story of visiting the Loaves and Fishes Shelter in Sacramento with some background on “In Betweeen Kingfishers”
A complete list of my song and lyrics...a work in progress
Some of my songs on reverbnation
My YouTube Channel
Some of my songs on soundcloud